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10 cannabis strains to combat Crohn’s Disease and colitis

December 2, 2014

Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are gastrointestinal disorders in a group of conditions known as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

Crohn’s disease is a chronic inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract that can affect any part of the GI tract, from the mouth to the rectum, although it may skip certain areas of the intestine, leaving some healthy, while other parts suffer. Ulcerative colitis is a very similar disease in the IBD group of disorders, but it only affects the colon, affecting only the innermost lining of the colon.

The telltale symptoms of Crohn’s disease:

  • Persistent diarrhea
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Abdominal pain and cramps
  • Constipation
  • Urgent need to move bowels
  • Sensation of incomplete evacuation or “rectal tenesmus” (Hey, you learned a new word!)

Other signs that are associated with IBD:

  • Fever
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Fatigue
  • Night sweats
  • Loss of menstrual cycle in women

Sounds terrible, doesn’t it? These are painful, life-altering disorders, which is why Crohn’s disease and colitis are specified as qualifying conditions for medical cannabis in nearly half of all medical marijuana states.

These symptoms can be controlled somewhat through diet, but often cannabis offers some of the best relief for the most severe symptoms—cramps, nausea, loss of appetite, etc.

Without further ado, here are the top strains for your symptoms, according to Leafly reviews:

Jean Guy

Jean Guy cannabis strain

A fan favorite in Canada, Jean Guy (pronounced “Jawn Gee”) is a sativa-dominant strain known for its high THC content and energizing effects. A great one to start your day cramp-free.

Hog’s Breath

Hog's Breath cannabis strain

Hog’s Breath is a strain with roots tracing back to Kush landraces. It is known for its potency against pain and anxiety—a good strain to relax after a long work day.

Medicine Man

Medicine Man lives up to its name by delivering potent pain relief with high levels of THC. This strain is closely related to the master of the indica jungle–White Rhino.

Hash Plant

Hash Plant is known for an abundance of trichomes and a heavy body stone. This strain has a reputation for blissful euphoria, as well as easing pain and inflammation associated with Crohn’s and colitis.

Willie Nelson

Willie Nelson cannabis strain

Willie Nelson is named for the Red-Headed Stranger himself. This strain offers a clear-headed, energetic high known to incite creativity, as well as a decent case of the munchies.


Chemo cannabis strain

Chemo is just as sedative as you might imagine–a heavy body high that’s perfect for chronic pain. Take note: the munchies are strong with this one. If you have stomach cramps or trouble eating, this strain will inspire your appetite.

Lemon Jack

Lemon Jack cannabis strain

Lemon Jack is a cross between the famed Jack Herer and Lemon Kush, and offers potent effects. Lemon Jack is a daytime strain almost as strong as a cup of coffee, but without the harsh stomach irritation. It’s recommended for consumers who suffer from fatigue.

Golden Pineapple

Golden Pineapple cannabis strain

Golden Pineapple is as delightful as it sounds. A hybrid that delivers uplifting, creative effects with a delicious fruity taste, it can offer relief from stress and anxiety without causing fatigue.

Confidential Cheese

Confidential Cheese cannabis strain

Confidential Cheese is born of the legendary LA Confidential and Exodus Cheese. It can offer powerful pain relief, as well as relief from insomnia. Great for winding down before bedtime, Confidential Cheese may also subdue painful muscle spasms and cramps.


K2 cannabis strain

K2 is named for the world’s second highest mountain peak, which makes sense, as it comes from two of the greats–White Widow and Hindu Kush. K2 is known to increase appetite and calm nausea.

  • Jay Gamble

    Nice work ndeed. I am fighting with others for medicinal cannabis in Oklahoma. Please pray for us.

  • Dina Dunkley

    Too bad it’s not legal in South Florida. 🙁

    • Doktor Jones

      Ask and ye shall receive! Looks like FL passed medical mj this month!

  • Bethany Harbaugh

    Some of the ones I have found work really well for Crohn’s or IBD is also Northern Lights (pain and appetite), Agent OG (I think that’s the strain), and Afgoo (good for pain and nausea). I use dabs mostly, too. It tends to hit harder on the system, which knocks my severe nausea out of town. I’ll go from nearly throwing up before the hit to feeling hungry afterwards. Thank God (literally) for cannabis!

  • steve

    grand daddy purple also works very well great sedative qaulity and insomnia treatment as well as increased appetite this is an indica strain and works best if used nightly just before dinner… not gonna say its a cure but its really close to being just that….sending good thoughts and hope to all

  • steve

    Has anyone used cannabis edibles in place of being smoked and if so does it work better and does it keep symptoms at bay longer??? comments please my brother and daughter both suffer horribly daily without cannabis and any help is so so appreciated…thanks

    • Tom Murray

      Ive got chrohns and I don’t get any effect from eating I’m thinking because of my condition my bowels dont absorb stuff efficiently so it’s not effective for me but everyone is different

      • Kyle

        I actually have the same issue. It took about 3 times of eating edibles with a group and being the only one not high before I started to realize it might have something to do with my Crohn’s.

        • Tom Murray

          Smoking irritates the bowels though I’m trying to find a easy and uselful way of vaping but I’m in uk so illegal for me and expensive and I have no job because I’m ill. I have started a grow however and will use it to make thc vape liquid if I can fingers crossed.

    • Anne Reid

      Have you tried vaping?

  • Todd Singleton

    I have Crohns in NC. We are not medical and it sucks. I’ve been through surgery, genetic therapy, Asacol… all that crap. NOTHING works at all and weed does not just control symptoms, it put it back in remission for 4 years now, not one flare up. The fact that bible beating, holy roller, moral superiorists continue to let their ignorance and fear keep a treatment out of the hands of sufferers is what should be criminal. Mad as hell doesn’t come close.

    • Julie Goulah

      I’m new to cannibus but have had microscopic coliits for a long time. All I’ve tried so far is oils. Should I be vaping?? Still having symptoms plus I don’t know how much I need dosage wise. Doing .1 a few times a day. Maybe it’s not enough.

      • Louise Mason-Palmer

        I’m in NC too. The best results I’ve had was some “full potency ” cbd from up north someone brought me and made edibles out of it. My crohns didn’t bother me each day I ate an edible for several hours-long enough to work a shift anyway! Someone is trying to get me to try Cannasense. It seems really expensive but I m tempted to try it….

    • Dann0

      I know it fkd up. My sis has Crohns. Thankfully the cannabis helps. Feds need to wake up and deschedule and or get more states in on it. “Red” states and the Feds are not gonna make it easy. My sisters last colonoscopy was not perfect but dang close. lol, the doc looked puzzled as he looked thru the films and asked my sis “how??” and she laughed….Cannabis. GLTodd.

    • Charas63
      • Charas63

        Hey Todd. I have been in full time ministry for decades. And cannabis has taken away my bloody stools literally overnight, along with cramps and pain. I need to be careful who I can let know about my cannabis use. But I will never stop using this God given medicine. So far I have used only 1-1 high cbd strains. Vbd critical Mass is my favorite. But this year I will be including Kush Mass and Hindu Kush. Peace

      • Charas63

        My bfast during a flare since I am out of country and have no access to my meds.

  • Tom Murray

    Christians prey for a cure god gives them one and they discard it as the devils work. If god is real he would want us to enjoy life not hate it

  • Helen Meredith

    Hi guys!
    Is hemp oil helpful for crohns? I find lots of info on smoking cannabis etc but not on hemp oil.
    The cbd oil is expensive (UK) and so is vaping.
    TIA xx

  • Uber Evil

    Am dealing with ibs is there a strictly cbd strain other than charlottes web that works?

    • Alyss

      The cannabinoids in marijuana that contribute to its ability to treat the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome include tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and, possibly, cannabidiol (CBD). People with irritable bowel syndrome should use marijuana strains that contain a relatively high concentration of THC. THC binds to CB1 receptors on cells in the gut and brain and acts as an agonist to inhibit emptying of the stomach and transit of food through the intestines . CBD appears to have little effect on intestinal motility on its own, but it synergizes the effect of THC. You’ll have better success with a strain that contains high THC than CBD. (I also have IBS)

  • flam bo

    HOLY GRAIL strain works well for me. I’ve tried a lot of different strains, but Holy Grail OG/Kush (same I think) works wonders on my digestive system. I have IBS and Colitis with diarrhea, pain, cramps, bleeding. This is gross but literally changes my stool quality in about 3 days of bedtime use. Don’t need a lot either. Just about 4-6 hits of vaporized flower (Firefly 2 vaporizer). I haven’t tried any of the strains in the article, yet.

    • Stacey

      Has anyone tried leafing? Juicing the cannabis leaves. If not please look it up. This is totally the medicine that we ALL need. Luckily I live in the beautiful state of Colorado so I am able to not only get but also grow the medicine I need. Believe in what Mother Nature provides us.

  • Amber Coleman

    Hey guys my daughter, 17, has moderate UC. She recently got out of the hospjtal after having a seizure whole being treated with Methotrexate. Now looming to treat more naturally with no help from doctors in GA. Please help, oil or vaping and which “flavor” for nflammation and bloody stools. Also, where to find? Thanks

    • MeecheMill

      The oral suspensions cobalt and Tangerine have cured or at least it seems to be cured since the first week i tried it – Been free of all symptoms since a week after I started it and it’s been 4 months now! It is truly a miracle drug – the amount I take is so small – 0.5 ML (a tiny dropper on my tongue twice a day of the Cobalt and a dropper of 2.5 ML of the Tangerine oil suspension one hour before bed – there are NO side affects – none at all – never knew I took anything at all but it cured the colitis and made life worth living – never could leave the house before noon and had to make sure I knew where the bathroom was in every store i went to – Ulcerated Colitis is a terrible cross to bear. From this day on I will vote for anyone who is FOR Medical Cannabis!

      • Divine Star

        Hello MeecheMill,
        Do you live in Minnesota? I am interested in getting this same product but the said you must be a resident of Minnesota. Are there any other products similar to this product elsewhere if I am unable to get a hold of this product. Also does either one of the oil suspensions give you a high feeling because I really dont want those type of effects? Your response is greatly appreciated.

  • Charles hammer

    keep voting out the ant-cannabis politicians most of them are republican scum bags.

    • Jeri Brace

      funny, John Boehner former republican speaker of the House was all against cannabis while in Office. Now that he is retired he is fully invested into the cannabis industry.

  • Cannabis certainly has a lot of medical benefits and can provide relief for gastrointestinal disorders. The available clinical evidence and anecdotal reports are fascinating and hopefully, we will continue to hear more success stories of patients on their path to recovery.

  • MeecheMill

    I qualified for Medical Cannabis in August for my Ulcerated Colitis that I’ve had off and on for 50 years – tried every medicine out there and Nothing worked. Got my first prescription from the Leafline Labs in St. Cloud, MN on 8/31/17 – It was Cobalt Suspension – took a dropper on my tongue of 0.5 ML in the Am and another dropper of it (0.5 ML) at 3:00 PM and then before bed the Tangerine Oral Suspension – took a dropper of 2 ML one hour before bed and could increase up to 4 ML but I never had to – within a week I had no more symptoms of Colitis! This is amazing and wonderful. It should be available to EVERYONE – it is truly a miracle drug and it makes me sick to think that our wimpy Attorney General Jeff Sessions is trying to shut down the medical Cannabis for everyone because he is stuck in the 50’s and thinks it is still something you smoke behind the barn – rhe needs to get educated on hat it really is before he starts shutting down the sources of this amazing pain reliever and healer!

  • Yogi

    I smoked cannabis a couple of times a week in the last four months.
    It aggravated my otherwise in remission Ulcerative Colitis. I thought it will help me.
    Has anybody else faced this problem?

  • Jeri Brace

    i have ulcerative colitis & I find that cannabis with a higher percentage of THC with more Sativa than Indica works well for me. Flare ups tend to wipe out all of your energy from the pain & a good strong Sativa not only dulls the pain but also gives you an energizing feeling to help you through your day.

  • Trenta

    Hey guys my mum suffers from crohn’s, just wondering do you guys smoke it? If so joint or pipe? If not, eat?

    • Mackenzie Barrows

      Trenta- what works for me is a combination of eating it and dabs/wax- eating it will take longer (45 mins) to feel the effects but the relief lasts for 5-8 hours. I use dabs like a rescue inhaler- if i wake up of get off work and have bad symptoms I can take 2 dabs and my body instantly relaxes. Your mom may prefer a wax pen (pre loaded cartridges) because they are easier to use but they cost more and often have diluents in them. I suggest wax over flower because I can take 2 dabs (5 mins to consume) and go on my merry when when flower it would take me 2/3 bowls (30 mins to consume). Hope this helps your moms <3